08 July 2013
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I began the iPhoneography Monday Challenge in February. Recently, we had a re-launch that made the challenge open to everyone who uses their Smartphones as their lens–exclusively, experimentally, frequently, occasionally, or back-up. Check here for that post. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. Please use the current badge until a new one is created, which will be ready sometime this month.
Humans are foragers. We continuously hunt to understand the universe we inhabit: our place within that world as well as our inner selves. Some of us use the camera and its ability to freeze time as a way to decipher these complex storylines.
We build collages of visual landscapes that express those interior and exterior vistas. Smaller details can be excavated through macro photography, which reveals layers that barely can be determined or seen. Or not seen at all.
This distillation can be a revelation. Or it can be an interpreter of the internal core. These compilations also can be a metaphor for our life so far.
Macro photography can easily tap into our aesthetic center. It can push us into a realm of mystery and new discoveries. Those frontiers can be more abstract and non-objective, because they uncover slivers of a subject’s depth.
From its inception (2007) the iPhone camera has made it possible to capture nuances and tiny areas within the composition and frame. This portable darkroom and studio allows us to make instant images with instant editing and instant sharing: it’s a newly-minted vantage point for amateurs and professionals. As expectations increasingly grow for Smartphones, their macro capabilities flourish and surprise.
In the Lens section are my entries for this week’s macro challenge. Each provides a different way to view a close up. Each provides a new view of the familiar, because each shifts our perceptions of reality.
Tip of the Week:
Helena Flykt is a macro photographer who explores the world of the unseen. Here is an interview with ePhotozine where she answers the question: What draws you to insect macro photography? Flykt’s reply: “I’m drawn to macro photography, because you get to see such details on a small insect that you can’t see with the naked eye. To see them in large format is very exciting. And the higher the resolution, the more fascinating they are. I also very much about managing to get the insects ‘personally’ so to speak. To be more than ‘just’ an insect among billions of others. Overall, it’s probably the challenge of catching these small insects on the image, with good sharpness, interesting environment and in a storytelling perspective that makes me love the challenge of it all.” (from 27 September 2012). Click here to view Flykt Photography. While Flykt is not a phoneographer, her work inspires and teaches.
See other entries:
Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. The following is a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming challenges.
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black-and-White
4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).